The Independent National Electoral Commission has rejected N100 billion earmarked by the Ministry of Finance for the conduct of 2023 general election.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this while defending the Commission’s 2022 budget.
Yakubu did this before the Joint National Assembly Panel on INEC.
He also said that the governorship elections in Osun and Ekiti States will gulp N7 billion.
The Chairman said N189 billion was spent on 2019 General Elections and the number of voters have increased beyond 84 million.
We would need more money because we’ve expanded our polling units and we are introducing new technology for elections among many other new innovations.
The number of registered voters will increase beyond the 84 million for the 2019 general elections.
The INEC boss said they hired 34,000 vehicles for the 2019 elections and they have plans to also outsource the material distribution in 2023 because they cannot afford the cost of buying such huge number of vehicles and engage the drivers that would drive them.
He further added that they are earmarking N4.2 billion for the continuous registration exercise in 2,700 centres.
The N100 billion is aside the INEC budget for 2022, which is N40 billion.